Report: Rumored HTC Nexus tablet may feature 8.9-inch display

March 20, 2014

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Back in February, a report surfaced out of Taiwan that claimed HTC had won a bid to build a new high-end Nexus tablet. Since then, we’ve heard very little else about this rumor, until today.

According to the research firm IHS Technology, Google and HTC are teaming up to create an 8.9-inch “high-performance” Nexus device. IHS’ Rhoda Alexander indicates volume production “is expected to start in July or August. The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.” Alexander says she is unsure of the pricing that Google is targeting, but wouldn’t be surprised if it arrives with a tag higher than $299.

Google and HTC are reportedly teaming up to create an 8.9-inch high-performance Nexus device

In other words, the HTC Nexus 8.9 would be a high-end alternative that co-exists with the Nexus 7, and perhaps even the Nexus 10. While the latter two tablets are geared more towards everyday consumers, the Nexus 8.9 would be a premium device that climbs further upmarket — sort of like what Samsung is trying to accomplish with the Galaxy Pro series.

So would such a move actually make sense? Maybe. While some folks are perfectly happy with the plastic (yet still high quality) builds of devices like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, an aluminum body tablet with boomsound speakers certainly sounds like a nice alternative for those looking for something a bit more ‘premium’ looking.

On the other hand, IHS doesn’t specify where it is getting this information from, and might simply be building on existing rumors we’ve heard from publications like Focus Taiwan. Bottom-line, we’d take the whole rumor with a grain of salt for now.

What do you think, would you like the idea of a higher-end HTC tablet with an 8.9-inch display? Would you willing to pay premium pricing for such an offering?

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  • iamtravis182

    If its built with the same design language as the One, then I would be very interested.

  • Mur

    I’ve never been so eager for google I/O.
    Last year’s was a bit disappointing hardware wise, all we got was a GPe GS4.
    A nexus 8 with a Snapdragon 805, QHD screen, and HTC build quality would be pretty awesome.

  • KingofPing

    As well as they’ve been able to keep the M8 under wraps, I am sure we’ll hear next to nothing about this tablet until release… /s

    *grin*

  • Cal Waldie

    My Nexus 10 could sure use an upgrade. That Exynos Dual-Core is getting slooooooooow.

  • MasterMuffin

    Me wants Nexus 10! Seriously, where is it hiding?

    • AndroidBoss

      Won’t be hiding for long till Google I/O hopefully.

      • MasterMuffin

        hopefully

        • Mur

          We Google fans really need an iPad killer!
          The now 1.5 year old nexus 10 was amazing, all it needs is a cpu upgrade (s805?) and maybe a slight redesign.

          • MasterMuffin

            And a new version of Android :)

          • Bruce Lee

            I say no to that! Competition is a good thing.

          • Mur

            You say no to a new nexus 10?!

  • J_Pod

    As long as premium means Wacom digitizer / stylus, I’ll be all over it.

    • Nick V

      I like that. And that it can connect to the a desktop/laptop running Photoshop and allow you to edit right on the device. I think this is where Wacom needs to be.

  • Mark Washington

    Nexus 9 here we go

  • Dave Weinstein

    High end means high-res screen, extra RAM/FLASH, faster processor, 10 band LTE, etc. It doesn’t mean aluminum body. Why are you focusing on “premium looking” instead of actual premium?

    • K

      Agree.

  • Joshua Hill

    A lot of people are apparently going to pony up a lot of money for this premium tablet. If Google does release an expensive tablet I doubt these people will purchase it but they’ll probably complain about the cost.

    • Nick V

      Maybe most, but I have purchased 2 N4s, 2 N5s, and 3 N7s (2013), and in addition to those I have 2 ASUS Transformers (T101) and 1 Prime (T201), as well as a Galaxy Tab 10.1. I am in a buying mood my friend.

      • Guest

        I’ll definitely buy and won’t complain about the price at all (even though I live in a country where availability is usually an issue, but I hope I’ll be able to import it).. Actually when I saw 300 USD as a “premium price” I laughed out loud: Idk if it’s ‘premium’ in google standards, but it’s definitely not in HTC standards –and as a HTC loving individual I’m used to way higher prices

    • м ч × Φ м α † ● s €

      I’ll definitely buy and won’t complain about the price at all (even though I live in a country where availability is usually an issue, but I hope I’ll be able to import it).. Actually when I saw 300 USD as a “premium price” I laughed out loud: Idk if it’s ‘premium’ in google standards, but it’s definitely not in HTC standards –and as a HTC loving individual I’m used to way higher prices

  • Nick V

    The 8.x range is awesome for reading magazines and books. Something that the 7″ is too small for, and the 10″ is too big and awkward for. I have both the 7 and 10 inch form factors, and would love the 8.x size.

  • tony solinan

    If this new nexus tablet by HTC&Google goes on sale soon then yes I might be into buying one,it comes down to price & Availability,before august if is on sale then I’d be interested in getting one,I own a Nexus7 2012,32gb,+Cellular!

  • м ч × Φ м α † ● s €

    Would I like the idea of a higher-end HTC tablet with an 8.9-inch display?.. Oh yes! Already do!
    Would I be willing to pay premium pricing for such an offering?.. Oh yes! Already am!